Borderlands Movie May Be Getting a Very Unexpected Director

The horror director isn't confirmed, but a now-deleted tweet from Gearbox's CEO might have spilled the beans.

It looks like none other than Hostel and Green Inferno director Eli Roth may be helming the upcoming Borderlands movie. The news comes by way of a tweet from Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford.

The tweet was quickly deleted after coming online, indicating this info may not have been cleared for release until the Gearbox Pax East show later this month  or that Roth's hiring may not have been finalized yet.

While a director most well known for horror torture porn might raise some eyebrows, Roth's inclusion may not be so surprising to others considering violence and dark humor have always been central to the Borderlands series.

Here's a screenshot of Pitchford's tweet for posterity. 

Borderland's CEO Randy Pitchford's tweet about Eli Roth and the Borderlands movie.

Tiny Tina and her disturbingly amazing quotes could be a minefield to navigate when transferred to live-action, but other portions of the games would certainly translate well to the big screen.

We don't know many details on the story, characters, or filming date at this point, although we did already get something of an interactive Borderlands movie with Telltale's adaptation Tales From The Borderlands.

Video game movie adaptations have typically been panned, though we've seen a sudden resurgence in high-quality TV shows like Castlevania and The Witcher. The former is about to get a third season, while Season 2 of The Witcher is now in development and will include some unexpected new characters. 

Want to jump into the latest Borderlands game ahead of a potential theatrical release? The Live, Laugh, Loot experience of Borderlands 3 came to PC and consoles back in September of 2019. 

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Ty splits his time between writing horror fiction and writing about video games. After 25 years of gaming, Ty can firmly say that gaming peaked with Planescape Torment, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have a soft spot for games like Baldur's Gate, Fallout: New Vegas, Bioshock Infinite, and Horizon: Zero Dawn. He has previously written for GamerU and MetalUnderground. He also writes for PortalMonkey covering gaming laptops and peripherals.

Published Feb. 20th 2020

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